By Godwin Oghre
Sapele—The Mukoro Mowoe family in Sapele, Sapele Local Government Area, Delta State, has won an 11-year-old legal tussle between it and the Akpoisi family, also of Sapele, over a piece of land known as Okufuoma, in Okirighwre, measuring 50.952 hectares.
The Mowoe family, represented by Mr Joseph Mowoe and Mr Alfred Mowoe, in the suit against the Akpoisi family, represented by Mr Tutu Akpoisi, Mr Ufuoma Akpoisi and Mr Frederick Akpoisi, before the Delta State High Court, sitting in Sapele, had prayed the court to declare that they (Mowoe family) were entitled to a Certificate of Occupancy over the said piece of land known as Okufuoma, in Okirighwre, with plan number DDNL/DT/029B/05, dated 6/2/2005, measuring 50.952 hectares.
The Mowoes had also demanded N5 mllion as special and general damages which they allegedly suffered from wanton trespass perpetrated by the Akpoisi family in March, 1995.
Also, the Mowoe family had asked for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Akpoisi family from further entering and interfering with the land, and “other suitable reliefs.”
Trial judge, Justice Godwin Gbemre, in his judgement, ruled in favour of the Mowoe family, saying: “This court hereby declares that the plaintiffs are entitled to a certificate of occupancy over that piece and parcel of land being situate at Okufuoma village, Okirighwre, Amukpe, Sapele, within the jurisdiction of this court, which said piece or parcel of land is verged pink on plan No. DDNL/DT/209B/05 and measuring an area of 50.952 hectares.”
The court also awarded general damages in trespass in the sum of N250,000 in favour of the Mowoe family and also restrained the defendants, their agents, privies and persons, claiming through or under them, from further entering and or in any way interfering with the plaintiffs’ aforesaid piece or parcel of land.